Last week in this column I wrote: “As long as Washington and Beijing misread each other, Trump’s personal ‘art of the deal’ will not work against a country like China with 3,000 years of human history.” No wonder the trade negotiations stalled on Friday without making any deal, reducing prospects for a breakthrough.

The mainstream media in Tokyo seem to be ambivalent. The editorials of the six major daily newspapers available in my neighborhood are divided. As the summaries below show, some of the editorials criticize the United States’s aggressive negotiating style but ask both countries to resume talks, while others urge China to make progress in structural reform.

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